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Denver Broncos defense making adjustments, plans for New England

1:08 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers catches a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Quentin Jammer #23 of the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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KUSA - After the evening to celebrate Sunday's win, the Denver Broncos brought their focus Monday to the New England Patriots and this week's AFC championship game.

Monday morning brought the news that cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (torn ACL) will be out the rest of the playoffs, but his defensive teammates said it's just another in a long list of injuries and they will adjust accordingly.

"It's another disappointment for us somebody else is out," linebacker Paris Lenon said. "He's been huge part of the team and the defense."
Harris was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 24-17 win over San Diego, and he tweeted Monday he would focus strong on coming back next season.

After Harris left the game, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and receiver Keenan Allen hooked up for two 16-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter going against Harris' backup, Quentin Jammer, and then Michael Huff.

"When Chris went down, things started to unravel a bit on the back end," Broncos cornerback Mike Adams said Monday. "But 'Jam, I'm not worried about him. He gave up a big play, but he can bounce back. ... We've all had bad games before, but he will always bounce back."

Broncos coach John Fox said they will decide this week who will play a bigger role in Harris' absence.  The Broncos are off Tuesday and resume practice Wednesday at Dove Valley.

"It's a long list, a long cast," Fox said of Harris' replacement options. "If I knew right now I wouldn't say anyways."

In the Nov. 24 game at New England, the Broncos gave up 440 yards in the 34-31 loss. The Patriots rallied from a 24-0 halftime deficit with 31 consecutive points to open the second half, then held on to win with a field goal in overtime.

New England quarterback Tom Brady picked apart the Broncos' secondary in the second half to finish with 344 yards passing (34-of-50) with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"We just got to finish," Terrance Knighton said of improving on the past meeting. "Guys like Tom Brady, you just can't give him that opportunity. We have to eliminate him beating us at the end of game."

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